Government support for car industry
- Prime Minister hints at help
- Chancellor backs Jaguar Land Rover
- Lord Mandelson offers support to Nissan workers
- Jaguar XJ gets cleaner diesel
- Nissan GT-R – even more powerful
- Jaguar XF 2.7D V6: our cars on the road
- Driven: Nissan Murano
- Ford says no as GM and Chrysler wait
- Vauxhall offers staff a paid sabbatical
- Nissan Note gets a new year makeover
- Jaguar Land Rover's £1 billion bail-out
- No extra cost for Jaguar's new diesel
- Jaguar: 'Judge us on our products'
- Our cars: Jaguar XF engine conundrums
- Hot Nissan GT-R Spec V revealed
- Nissan cuts 1200 jobs in Sunderland
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has hinted that the Government will help Jaguar Land Rover and Vauxhall through the economic crisis.
While visiting Liverpool, Brown was asked about Jaguar Land Rover and Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant. He said: 'We are talking to the motor industry about what we can do to help.
'Jaguar Land Rover has owners and we are prepared to talk to them about how the downturn can be dealt with, but in the first instance, the company is going to have to make its own decisions. The issue is to get the economy moving again.'
Meanwhile, Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling said the Government will 'do whatever it can to support Jaguar Land Rover.'
Support for Nissan workers
The Government has also pledged to help workers at Nissan’s Sunderland factory who will lose their jobs due to cutbacks caused by the economic turmoil.
Nissan has announced it will axe 1200 jobs, about a quarter of the workforce at the plant.
Responding to the announcement, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: 'I appreciate that this will be a tough time for workers. We will help any employee find alternative opportunities as quickly as possible.
'We also need to look to the future and our commitment to the development of low-carbon vehicles as an integral part of the UK automotive industry.
'As part of that aim, I want to visit the plant as soon as possible to start work with Nissan on plans to bring manufacturing of Nissan’s new family of electric vehicles to Sunderland.'
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